ALBANY — The Dougherty girls shook off Friday night’s loss to rival Westover by building a big first-quarter lead Saturday against Albany High and never looking back en route to an easy 55-28 victory in the opening game at the Albany Civic Center.
After trailing by as many as 21 in the second quarter, Albany High mounted a comeback, closing the first half on a 6-0 run to trail 28-15 at the half.
But Herald No. 2 Dougherty opened the second half in control and built a lead as high as 34 points. Herald Super 6er Ra’Keta Shelton led the Lady Trojans with 21 points, while Amber Ward added 11 and Takiya Davis eight.
Jalesa Brown led Albany with eight points.
PELHAM GIRLS 79, FITZGERALD 30: The Herald No. 1 Lady Hornets cruised to a Region 1-AA victory behind 27 points from Super 6er Briunna Freeman, 16 from Mahogany Brown and 13 from Destiny Thomas.
Pelham (12-0, 4-0) plays again Tuesday at Early County.
PELHAM BOYS 68, FITZGERALD 51: The Hornets moved to 4-0 in Region 1-AA and 9-3 overall and were led by Shaquille Crimley (16 points), Duntrez Moore (13) and Darius Spence (10).
MITCHELL COUNTY GIRLS 69, WEBSTER 45: Shonbreka Holton (18 points) and A’Miracle Jones (16) led the Lady Eagles, who are now 11-4 and play again Friday at home against Baker County.
DWS SPLITS WITH HERITAGE: The Deerfield-Windsor boys beat Heritage 86-41 for their fifth straight victory and had five players in double figures. The Knights (9-3) knocked down 14 3-pointers in the game and were led by Dee Barber (21 points), Ryan Toole (21), Chap Ivey (12), Justin Eady (10) and Chandler Matthews (10).
The DWS girls were led by Jordan Lane’s 15 points in a 39-31 loss. Both Deerfield teams play again Tuesday at home against Tattnall Square.
EARLY GIRLS STUN R-C: Behind 20 points from Tynicia McCoy and 13 from Latoya Eaford, Early County upset Herald No. 5 Randolph-Clay 63-58. Brandi Buie led the Lady Red Devils with 28 points, while Herald Super 6er Kobi Thornton added 18 points.
In the boys’ game, Randolph-Clay cruised to an 85-59 victory. Super 6er Gary McCrae (21 points), Marquin Jones (16), Cornelius Bennett (14) and Ryan Wiggins (12) led Randolph-Clay. Early County was led by Javarious Thornton, who scored 15 points.
NORTHSIDE-COLUMBUS BOYS 74, BAINBRIDGE 65: The Bearcats saw their three-game winning streak snapped in Saturday’s Region 1-AAAAA contest. Super 6er Tyree Crump led Bainbridge with 27 points — including 18 in the third quarter alone — and nine rebounds, and Mike Jones added 22 points, four steals and three assists.
Bainbridge (8-6) plays again Tuesday at Miller County.
CALHOUN COUNTY BOYS 73, LANIER COUNTY 49: The Herald No. 4 Cougars improved to 13-0 with another dominating win Saturday. Devorris Haynes led the way with 15 points, followed by Sherrod Williams (14), DaJohn Williams (12) and Quenton Taylor (11).
SEMINOLE COUNTY BOYS 68, STEWART COUNTY 52: The Herald No. 3 Indians jumped out early against Stewart and maintained a double-digit lead throughout to improve to 11-1.
Super 6er Jordan Harris scored a game-high 22 points for the Seminoles, and Jamal Martin and Anfernee King added 17 and 14 points, respectively.
TURNER COUNTY BOYS 60, CRISP COUNTY 56: It was a nip-and-tuck game in Cordele on Saturday, but Turner County came out on top in the non-region tilt.
Herald Super 6er Javoris Cooks led the Cougars with 22 points, and Montre' Hartage added 14.